This soup competes with any soup Olive Garden could put in front of you. It is AMAZING. And so easy. I love soups! I especially love how colorful this one is, and it's chalked full of meat so your husband will love it too!
1 pound ground beef
1 pound hot Italian pork sausage, casing removed
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 1/2 cups Chicken Broth
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
2 (14.5 ounce) cans italian style diced tomatoes
1 (16 ounce) can white kidney beans (cannellini), drained
1/2 cup uncooked elbow pasta
1 (6 ounce) package fresh baby spinach leaves
1/3 cup grated Romano cheese (or grated parmesan)
Heat beef, sausage and onion and cook until meats are browned, stirring to separate meat. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds.
Add broth, basil (I didn't have fresh basil, so I used dried. Add it to taste but use at least 1/2 tsp), tomatoes and beans. Heat to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add pasta and cook until pasta is done.
Add spinach and cook just until spinach is wilted, stirring occasionally (the spinach should wilt almost immediately so don't leave it. Stir it in and it should be wilted within a minute). Remove from heat and stir in cheese. Serve with additional cheese.
On October 14, 2010 my husband and I celebrated our 2 month anniversary. We were sitting on the couch, after work and I turned to him and said, "We've been married 2 months and I've cooked something different every night!" He congratulated me and asked, "Do you think you could do it for a year?" Ever competitive, I smiled at the challenge and emphatically said, "Yes". This blog is to document the last 10 months of my challenge. The deal is, I have to make one new main dish each day, for either breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I have no formal training in the kitchen, but I can follow a recipe and I love variety and trying new things in life, including food. My husband may think I cook for him because I love him, and yes this is true. But let's be honest, I love food just as much as he does! I am obviously in need of good recipes that fit a newlywed's budget, so please share some of your recipes in a comment! I hope you enjoy the next 10 months as much as I do and I hope that it will inspire you to spend a bit more time preparing a well balanced meal to share as a family each night and to get out of that comfort zone and try something new!